Students most commonly enter the science and technology
journalism (STJR) program in the fall, but applicants for spring or
summer entry also are welcome. To allow time for paperwork,
candidates for fall entry should apply by mid-February if possible.
Fall-entry applications from US candidates can, however, be
submitted until June 1; international candidates must apply by
March 1. The earlier one applies for admission, the higher one's
chances of receiving an assistantship.
What is needed to apply for the STJR program?
- Texas Common Application
Apply online at ApplyTexas.
For college within Texas A&M University, major, and degree,
choose Veterinary Medicine (VM), Science and Technology Journalism
(STJR), and Master of Science (MS).
- GRE scores
- Three completed recommendations
During the online application process, you will be
asked for the names and email addresses of three recommenders.
These individuals will then be emailed instructions
for providing their recommendations.
- Statement of purpose essay
Given the nature of the STJR program, we look at both the
content of the statement and the quality of the writing. Questions
that the statement typically should address include the following:
How did you become interested in communicating about science and
technology? What background do you bring to the field? Why does our
program interest you? What might you envision doing during your
The writing should be clear, concise, well organized, and
mechanically correct. It need not be fancy.
- Other documents:
You should also provide a CV (or resume) and samples of your
writing, published or otherwise. These items should be emailed
to Dr. Barbara Gastel at email@example.com.
Sources of further information include the Texas A&M
graduate catalog, the Texas A&M graduate admissions website,
and the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine &
application process webpage. If you have questions about the
STJR program, feel free to contract the coordinator, Dr. Barbara
Gastel, at firstname.lastname@example.org or
979-845-6887. Candidates also are encouraged to alert Dr. Gastel
that they are applying.